Rooted in the realities of Asia, our proprietary curriculum and output-driven methodology put leadership to the test, instead of obscuring it with jargon and buzzwords.
Free from management theories and rich with real-world insights, our original approach fosters the mindset shifts and leadership behaviours that give meaning to “thinking outside the box” and “high performance teamwork”.
Global Leaders Programme
- Our flagship experiential leadership programme since 2006, now offered 3-4 times per year
- Includes dynamic classroom sessions in Hong Kong and facilitated field projects across Asia
- Presented to the UN as an innovation in leadership development and featured in the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal
Young Leaders Programme
- Adapted from the GLP and designed for the next generation of leaders
- Open to young professionals from business, government and civil society
- Content and approach localised for specific countries and regions including the Greater Bay Area (GBA), ASEAN, Malaysia and Japan
- Bespoke solutions for management trainees up to the C-Suite
- Designed to meet specific client objectives through classroom learning and/or experiential business projects
- Experiential projects carefully selected and framed by our team, working with external partners or co-designed with clients to focus on internal challenges and opportunities.
China Global Leaders Programme
- Module One: GIFT's proprietary curriculum taught over a week in interactive classroom-based sessions in Hong Kong.
- Module Two: A week of immersive site visits, engagement with stakeholders, and business report production in Shandong. Participants will work with The Hundred Villages Programme to explore innovative models for creating a smart-village platform to empower farmers' organisations.
Date: 2 - 13 September 2019
Location: Hong Kong and Shandong, China
ASEAN Young Leaders Programme
- Module One: Participants from across the ASEAN region will engage in open, interactive classroom sessions in Kuala Lumpur.
- Module Two: Participants will be working closely with the Royal Cambodian Government, business and civil society stakeholders during a week of immersive learning. They will be challenged to produce a vision for sustainable development for all Cambodians in the next 20 years.
Date: 30 September - 11 October 2019
Location: Kuala Lumpur and Cambodia
Vietnam Global Leaders Programme
- Module One: Participants will engage in a week of robust discussions with debates and role play in a classroom setting in Hong Kong.
- Module Two: Rigorous action learning alongside business planning sessions over the course of one week will stretch participants as they work together with REACH, a non-profit organisation based in Hanoi that focuses on skills development and employment for Vietnam's young workforce.
Date: 18 - 29 November 2019
Location: Hong Kong and Vietnam
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Leadership Learning Methodology
Refined over 10 years, GIFT’s methodology is best-in-class for immersive executive education.
Impacts of Globalisation
The transformations resulting from globalisation need to be explored to reveal the challenges it presents, despite its benefits. Participants are asked to examine the rapid spread of globalisation in Asia and the impact it has had on political structures, social norms, employment, the environment, culture and values. We take a hard look at the impacts of globalisation on the lives of ordinary people, and ask how its worst excesses can be mitigated while still spreading its benefits.
While it may have created great wealth and improved the lives of millions, 20th century capitalism has thrived on under-pricing resources and promoting relentless consumption, aided and abetted by deregulation and the free movement of capital. Asia has the potential to reshape capitalism, but to do that governments must put the proper pricing and management of resources at the forefront of policymaking. This session asks participants to consider how capitalism could be reshaped from a system that prioritises growth to one that maximises collective well-being and sustains prosperity.
Role of Government
How should we understand the role of the state in this century? Calls for government intervention are often premised on the idea that the marketplace cannot provide public goods (such as roads, education, utilities and healthcare). But how far should governments go to steer citizens to make better choices? This session explores the role the state has played in various countries in Asia and examines their indispensable role in providing basic needs, managing economic growth and informing the overall wellbeing of their citizens, while stewarding the health of their environments and societies.
Role of Business in Society
Although business leaders focus on shareholder value as an end unto itself, business exists first and foremost to create products and services that meet a societal need and demand. If businesses act responsibly, commercial activity generates profit; this creates a virtuous feedback loop motivates companies to grow and expand, resulting in wealth creation, prosperity, employment, social stability, increased tax revenue, and so on. Participants are also asked to consider externalities across a wide range of industries and discover how business will need to prepare in order to remain relevant in the future.
Role of Media
This session is focused on how media shapes our perception of the world. It explains how the media reports, and what business leaders should be aware of when engaging journalists. We also consider how media operates in different regions to ask: what should the bounds be, if any, on press freedom?
Behaviour Before Brand
Public trust in corporations and government is at an all-time low. If organisations do not nurture a culture of proper ethical behaviour throughout their ranks, efforts in protecting and promoting their brand are likely to be undermined. Through discussion and breakout debates this session highlights the critical importance of ethics in business and asks participants to consider how they rank personal behaviour against brand stewardship
Role of Civil Society
Participants take part in a role play exercise designed around a real-world Asian infrastructure project, providing an opportunity to step into the shoes of various stakeholders: government, investors, the community and a local NGO. The session also tests participants’ communication skills and ability to influence and highlights the need for empathy in business decision-making.
Designed to foster the knowledge, awareness and skill sets to navigate complexity, our output-driven experiential methodology takes participants on a learning journey towards self-realisation that is at once intellectually challenging, enriching and fun.
Facilitated by GIFT and featuring prominent guest speakers and mentors, Module One is built on candid discussion, debate and role play related to the drivers of change shaping markets, governance and society in the 21st century.
In Module Two, field-based learning and intensive business planning strengthens strategic acumen whilst testing personal effectiveness and resilience in a real-world setting. Collaboration with diverse project stakeholders offers rare and valuable new perspectives on the world. Outcomes matter as participants present their recommendations at a public forum on the last day of the programme.
Browse our Past Programmes
Participants on our leadership programmes are challenged to create robust new business models and policy recommendations to address some of the world's most salient challenges, and in the process uncover and articulate unrealised opportunities.
Read the reports from our most recent programmes here: